Germany Trip Plan:
Discover the heart of the Stuttgart region

Germany trip plan: Discover the heart of the Stuttgart region
Kochenmuehle, PD-Harke
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Leinfelden-Echterdingen lies only about 7 miles south of downtown Stuttgart. It is a friendly, family oriented town inviting you to discover the beautiful Siebenmühlental with its 11 historical mills, the SchwabenQuellen in Stuttgart, the Chocolate Museum Ritter-Sport, Esslingen Castle and the Baroque Castle Ludwigsburg with its year-round garden show.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Stuttgart Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Leinfelden-Echterdingen lies only about 7 miles south of downtown Stuttgart. It is a friendly, family oriented town inviting you to discover the beautiful Siebenmühlental with its 11 historical mills, the SchwabenQuellen in Stuttgart, the Chocolate Museum Ritter-Sport, Esslingen Castle and the Baroque Castle Ludwigsburg with its year-round garden show.

Situated on the edge of the nature park Schönbuch, a lovely wooded area, and surrounded by the characteristic Filder plain, LE as affectionately called by its citizens, Leinfelden-Echterdingen offers a high quality of life, that includes numerous leisure activities. The green of the surrounding area, such as the romantic Siebenmühlental, is easily accessible on foot from anywhere in the city. A comprehensive guide, provided by the local Tourist Information office, will lead you on easy trails to the most beautiful spots throughout the region.

Special Tip: 3-Löwen-Takt, RadExpress is a railway network especially designed for travelers with or without their bikes. They offer many destinations to choose from, and when you get tired on your walking or biking tour, just hop back on the train and return safely to your home from home.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $381 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $250 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $200 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1260 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1691 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Leinfelden-Echterdingen

Day 1:  Arrival at Leinfelden-Echterdingen
Vineyards, GNU-Karlheinz Woschée
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Arrive at your great vacation apartment, which is only a short drive away from Stuttgart Airport. The best way to discover the town is on foot. Besides historical buildings, a wide range of shops, cozy cafes and restaurants, each Wednesday and Saturday morning, a farmer's market is held in the both town centers of Leinfelden and Echterdingen. Only a 3-minute walk away from your apartment is a very nice restaurant with the name Leonardo da Vinci, serving Italian food. Other restaurants and beer gardens feature depending on the season a special local delicacy, Filderspitzkraut, a kind of cabbage, uniquely grown in this region.

Special travel tip: Once a year the Filderkrautfest takes place and attracts all the fans of traditional German cuisine with sauerkraut, cabbage, meat plates, noodles and stuffed cabbage rolls, just to name a few. Upcoming date for this lively festival is October 16th-17th 2010.


Day 2: Discover Siebenmühlental

Day 2: Discover Siebenmühlental
Market place, GNU-Karlheinz Woschée
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Just a short 10-minutes walk away from your apartment lies the entrance to the nature park Siebenmühlental. Well-marked hiking trails and designated bike routes offer a varied selection for every condition and requirement. Especially popular is the federal footpath, a strange name which originates from the fact that this was once the route of a federal railway and since long converted into a very pleasant trail. The Siebenmühlental has 11 historical mills left of originally 13. Each mill has its own long history reaching back into the Middle Ages - and more than one mill wheel is still turning. Six of the historic farms are managed and usually invite you with cozy hospitality, for example the Eselsmühle, or donkeys-mill. Children will enjoy the lovely space around the mill and the farm animals, while you can start to choose from a wide range of yummy dishes, made of truly organic products. The Mäulesmühle is another mill worth a visit; besides the nice restaurant it has a museum and every Sunday at 5 p.m. the huge wheel starts - once again - turning.


Day 3: Old Town and Fortress Esslingen

Day 3: Old Town and Fortress Esslingen
Market place Esslingen, GNU-Karlheinz Woschée
[ source: Wikipedia]

Enjoy a day in Esslingen, which is only a short drive away. The town can look back to a long history, where wine making always played a big role in the livelihood of the citizens. Formerly well protected by strong town fortifications you can still see intact parts around the old town center, holding numerous well preserved half timbered houses. A landmark of Esslingen is the Big Tower, a part of the original fortification. If the weather is fine enjoy a canoe-trip on the Neckar canal that runs right through the town. The Fortress Esslingen is a great place with a great view while enjoying your lunch at the Burgschänke. Have a look around and get a glimpse how live must have been some centuries ago.

Another great option is a visit to the German Playing Card Museum in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, a short walk away from your vacation apartment. It is a branch of the Württemberg State Museum, housing the largest public collection of playing cards in Europe. Playing cards are systematically collected, archived and studied. The collection includes about 15,000 card games with over 500,000 singles, a game library with archive, a collection of graphic art and craft items, card presses, plates, glasses, tables, etc. A rarity is the Asian-Indian playing card collection. It is known worldwide as the most comprehensive and most beautiful.

 


Day 4: Chocolate Museum Ritter and Waldenbuch Castle

Day 4: Chocolate Museum Ritter and Waldenbuch Castle
Ritter chocolate museum, PD-Xocolatl
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Today take a trip to the Chocolate Museum Ritter-Sport. Visit the exhibition and the art museum, dedicated to the Square in the art world of the 20th and 21th century. The majority of the exhibits are from European countries. The collection includes a total of more than 600 objects. The museum was founded in September 2005 and is located next to the plant site of the Chocolate Factory, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG, maker of the Ritter-Sport chocolate - if you arrange an appointment prior to your visit, your children under the age of 12 may participate in the production of their own chocolate! Maybe you like spend some time at their coffee shop and then continue your trip to the pretty Waldenbuch Castle. It first served as a hunting lodge of the dukes of Württemberg. The core of the complex dates back to a castle that was already mentioned in 1381.


Day 5: Ludwigsburg Palace and Baroque Garden

Day 5: Ludwigsburg  Palace and Baroque Garden
Ludwigsburg Castle, CC-AndreasPraefcke
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Ludwigsburg Palace, about 7 miles north of Stuttgart, is Germany's largest Baroque Palace featuring a huge Baroque Garden. After its beginnings as a hunting lodge in 1704, the project became soon much more complex. In 1709, the duke established the city of Ludwigsburg directly next to his palace, copying the proximity of Versailles to Paris. The year-round garden show Flourishing Baroque, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and also the 3 museums - Baroque Gallery, Porcelain Museum and Baroque Fashion Museum - attract many visitors. Many kind of guided tours are offered ; a highlight not to be missed is certainly the evening candle light walk through the secret passages of the palace.


Day 6: SI-Centrum Stuttgart, SchwabenQuellen and home made Maultaschen

Day 6: SI-Centrum Stuttgart, SchwabenQuellen and home made Maultaschen
SI-Centrum, GNU- K. Jähne
[ source: Wikipedia]

Wellness in Stuttgart is and always has been a big theme, only the presentation and facilities changed a bit since Roman times. The SI-Centrum, SI stands for Stuttgart International, is an adventure center in Stuttgart-Möhringen and one of the largest recreational facilities. It is attended by approximately two million visitors per year. It consists of two musical theaters, the Stuttgart Casino, 19 restaurants and bars, a CinemaxX movie palace with six cinema halls, 22 conference and meeting rooms, the Millennium Hotel, the SI-Suites and the VitaParc SchwabenQuellen.

Here you can go on a world trip through 18 countries and cultures in the most exclusive spa resort in Europe. Relaxed swimming under palm trees, colorful tropical plants, live parrots, idyllic waterfalls, exotic rock formations, Indian, African, Arab and Japanese Oases of calm and an exclusive chill out terrace will make this wellness world tour a unique experience for the whole family.

Later choose a nice restaurant, very recommendable is the Maukennescht, serving typical Swabian delicacies like Maultaschen and maybe after that, enjoy a performance in one of the theaters. If you are looking for an American production we recommend a visit to the Kelley Theater, located at the nearby barracks of the same name.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Maeulesmuehle, PD-Karlo
[ source: Wikipedia]

As always, when you know your way around it is time to say good-bye and catch your flight back home. We are sure you had a great time and maybe you are already considering spending another vacation in this lovely and inviting region of Germany. In which case, we will always be happy and able to find the best spots and activities for you and your family. For now, have a safe trip back home!


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